Updated: Tuesday, 18th December 2018 @ 10:53am

My Olympics: Oldham's hockey bronze medalist Nicola White

My Olympics: Oldham's hockey bronze medalist Nicola White

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent

Hockey player Nicola White and her team-mates won Great Britain's first Olympic medal in the sport for 20 years at London 2012 earlier this month.

Team GB beat New Zealand 3-1 in the bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena, a result which ensure the women's team their joint best result at the Games ever.

The first bronze the ladies picked up was at Barcelona 1992, defeating 1988 runners up South Korea 4-3 in the third place playoff.

Despite this achievement, Nicola felt a little disappointed to be knocked out at the semi-final stage by Argentina.

As My Olympics returns, let's see how the athletes involved saw London 2012...

What was your highlight of the Games?

I'm not allowed to say winning the bronze medal match?! (No, too easy - SO) That's put me on the spot! I loved walking out to London's Calling by The Clash for every game actually.

The response we got from the fans was amazing - even in the group games, which you don't normally see at hockey competitions. It's hard to believe it was all for us.

What was the lowlight of London 2012 for you?

It has to be losing against Argentina in the semi's.  I still believe we did enough to win the game. Argentina and the Netherlands know what we can do - they're running scared a bit. We won the test event and beat Argentina on the way there.

What caused you the most surprise at London 2012?

The biggest surprise for me was seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean Claude van Damme walk into a Team GB party I was at! They'd just been to the premier of The Expendables 2. 

It's amazing who I've met in the last few weeks - Princess Anne, Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis to name a few.  I was quite star struck when I first met them but you soon realise they're just like you, chasing something they've worked really hard for.

Who was your favourite new person to meet?

Definitely Mo Farah. He had time for you, whoever you were and showed an interest in what you were doing. He's really down to earth and lovely.

I'm so pleased he won two gold medals.  A man as talented as him deserves his success.

Finally, what do you think the impact of London 2012 will be on the country?

The tagline for the Games was inspire a generation and I think we've achieved that.  Not just hockey - other sports too.  I'd be really pleased if it makes people take up hockey or dig their sticks out again to enjoy the game.

More My Olympics will be coming soon.

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With thanks to Nicola for photograph